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apply in person effectively. >> reporter: do you have full confidence in kathleen sebelius? >> i think kathleen sebelius, under tremendously difficult circumstances over the last four and a half years, has done a great job in setting up the insurance markets. so there is a good product out there for people to get. kathleen sebelius doesn't write code. she wasn't our i.t. person. >> reporter: she's still the right person to do it? >> ultimately, the buck stops with me. i'm the president. this is my team. if it's not working, it's my job to get it fixed. >> reporter: brian, to reiterate, the administration is working on a policy. they are not going through congress. they want to do this themselves to figure out a way to keep that promise for people who like their plans they can keep it. they are trying to see if they can fix the loophole and keep the president's promise. >> chuck todd with his conversation a short time ago with the president at the white house. chuck, thanks. >>> now to the big health story that broke earlier today. the fda announcing the federal government plans to phas
in california. >> kerry, thanks. for the second time, now, health secretary kathleen sebelius today faced a barrage of questions from congress over hundreds of problems with this new federal health care website. her testimony came hours after the chief technical official stepped down at the centers for medicare and medicaid services. his office oversaw the creation of the website. nbc's white house correspondent has more on all this tonight. >> reporter: on capitol hill and once again under fire. secretary sebelius this time taking heat for the president's promise if you like your health care plan you can keep it. >> is that statement on the white house website true? or is it false? >> sir, i think the statement -- >> is it true or false? >> this is a dishonesty. you've been misleading the american people. and the president has. >> this, to put it bluntly, is simply untrue. >> reporter: while more than 3 million americans who buy their own insurance have received cancellation letters. >> delaying the affordable care act wouldn't delay people's cancer or diabetes or parkinson's. so for mil
depend on this. >> reporter: on capitol hill, health and human services secretary, kathleen sebelius was grilled about whether americans can keep their existing health plan. >> is it true or is it false, madam secretary -- >> you can keep your plan. >> no more excuses, no more spin, give us the truth. >> she admitted early enrollment numbers will be low. one person who was able to sign up, alaska senator, mark begich, but he's still giving the white house grief. >>> back to the community health grants that will be announced today, it's the second round of those grants. the money something used to keep the community health centers going, to build new centers, to renew their leases and to hire new staff. and many of those staffers are being trained to help people through this process of signing up for insurance, richard? >> tracie potts, thank you. >>> now to a bribery and prostitution scandal rocking the navy all involving a character named fat leonard. in the latest revelations, a third official has been arrested with accepting prostitutes, luxury travel, cash and reportedly lady gag
have raised questions about the president's health care point person, kathleen sebelius. >> i think she'd be the first to admit that if we had to do it all over again, that there would have been a whole lot more questions that were asked in terms of how this thing is working. >> reporter: today in atlanta, sebelius was asked about her standing with the president. >> do you feel the president has your back? >> yes, sir. >> reporter: and while they don't have that specific fix yet to announce, i'm told they want to have it by next week. because if they don't, brian, congress will take over and the white house doesn't want that. >> chuck todd on the white house lawn this friday night. thanks. >>> and there's more to report on this health care law. it has to do with mental illness. the new law requires health insurance companies to cover mental illness and substance abuse the same way they cover physical diseases. it's a big deal because it's estimated only a fraction of those people who need those services are getting them currently. we get more from correspondent rehema ellis. >> reporter
and showed what we can do. kathleen sebelius is a very good reader. >> there's so many people, several million people, are being notified that their private insurance policies will be cancelled at the end of the year because those policies do not comply with the law. president obama has promised that if you like your plan, you can keep your plan. what happens to all those people now that they realize they can't keep their plan? >> in california there's 900,000 getting those notes. 300,000 will get a financial leg up to reduce their costs. 600,000 won't get subsidies. before today they would have been locked into their health plan. now they can pick between different health plans. every health plan will have benefits they will rely on. today, you aren't sure. you have insurance that you might not be covered when you need it. >> are the new plans really comparable? the law mandates certain benefits every has the buy whether they need it or not. a man being forced to take on prenatal care. >> a woman has to pay for the men to get their prostate cancer fixed. let's be clear, we're not putt
to panic. the news was so bad kathleen sebelius avoided cameras and delivered it over the phone. >> a of this fst peod, 106,000 americans have been enrolled in qlified health plans through the marketace. >> reporter: andhe admitted that of t 106,000 enrollees, ju a quarter registered thugh the website. most came through the 15 state-run exchans. in fact, california's exchange outnumbered the fed signing up ,000 lks. >> nobody who suppos health care reform is satisfied with whate've seen out of website. >> reporter: sebeliu tried to look on the bright side noting there are nrly a million americans who have completed applicatns but are still shopng. >> thearket place is working, and people are enrolling. >> reporte but they aren't enrolling fast enough. ey had projected 500,0 people would sn up in october. in order for t program to work in itsirst year the administration needs at least 3 llion to enrolly march 31, a ta order b no reason f nic yet, says one of the chief architects of the law. >> we allant to pay attention to these numbe the but the point is is not the first month t
the world's worst wig ever. is that kathleen sebelius' hair? >> yes, it is and a lot of aqua net. >> the scary movie i chose also happens to be the scariest movie of all time. >> i didn't think so. >> it's the highest grossing super natural movie. >> it's called the sixth sense. >> i see dead people. remember that one? >> i didn't think it was that scary. >> are you kidding me? >> he was the one who talked to dead people. he saw dead people. and then you have the psychologist. >> and then you find out that he is a dead person. >> don't give it away! >> you're like 15 years too late. >> i guess everybody saw it. >> but this really put the director on the map in terms of directing and writing. >> i liked it too, it just scared the bajilikers out of my. >> the exor cyst. the 12 year old girl and her mother is trying to get her out of that. i wasn't allowed to see it. i still will not look at the screen. i don't know if you will notice. >> when her head swirled around and she starts squirting guacamole, it was unbelievable. >> it was genius the way it was directed. everything about t
sketch and parody of health secretary kathleen sebelius. she said the website was only designed to handle six users at a time and it got a laugh on saturday night. then figures came out released by republicans yesterday showing only six americans actually did sign up during the website's entire first day of operations. the obama administration fought back today. they said those figures are not official. they say the pace of enrollment will pick up and new numbers will be released later this month. >>> a story from medicine making news tonight. the march of dimes says premature births in the u.s. have fallen to a 15-year low, mostly because of better health, better health care. but sadly the u.s. still ranks worst among the nations in the developing world. >>> and a man who has always dispensed medical care his way has retired. there may never be anyone like dr. russell donor of rushville, illinois. we profiled him last year in our "making a difference" segment. he was called the $5 doctor locally. because that's all he ever charged for an office visit. he is ending his practice and his cl
of tomorrow, top officials were hedging their bets today. health and human services secretary kathleen sebelius today blogged that people should shop healthcare.gov during off-peak hours, morning, nights, weekends. not a vote of confidence says luke chung. >> it tells me the system isn't fully baked. this system should be able to accommodate as many people that want to get on as possible. >> what i'm going to do is make sure we get it fixed. >> reporter: chung says the administration's goal of making sure the website can support 50,000 users at one time by the end of saturday is not the best way to measure success. >> 50,000 is not a number that is unheard of for websites to be able to support at one time. so i think the challenge is not just the number of users but whether there are still bugs in the system that will prevent the process from running smoothly. >> reporter: late this afternoon a health care official said the site can support close to 50,000 users now and cited other progress, the error rate once 6% has dropped to less than 1%. the website now operates much more quickly.
theovernment said it wast kathleen sebelius' job to ke the website run rig because they're not i.t. experts. you can't blame them for this bched launch. this botchedaunch is a self-inflicted wound by the presiden it shows just how disconnected he's been, and he's undercut his best arments for having a progressive, engaged federal government and i think we're going to s not only is he goingo continue to have i.t. problems on the websi, he'slso going to continue to have problems as we roll this out and we findut there are winners and losers in bama care. hat's not a shock to us, but the president has been promising for four years we were goi to get 31 million people on theew rolls andveryone is going to be happy. >> we're not even 30 days into the implementation yet. i know republins want to ep-six this thing but it'snot going tohappen. the preside will get this right. >> the article that tal about sticker shock, i don't think t republicans are running the editorial ge of the l.a. times. you're alsotalking about the fact that the president made promises that ended up just not being tre. at wa
is supposed to be ready, health and human service secretary kathleen sebelius tried to downplay expectations on friday blogging that people should shop healthcare.gov during off-peak hours and mornings and nights and weekends. >> the system either works or it doesn't work. >> reporter: software expert luke chunk says the website can support 50,000 users at once by day's end is not the way to measure success. >> the 50,000 number they have put out is a little ambiguous. what one wants to know is how many people per hour could get through the system. >> reporter: administration officials say there has been progress. the error rate once at 6% has dropped to less than 1% and the website now operates much more quickly. it used to take eight seconds for a page to load. now just milliseconds. but with glitches and error signs still being reported, health insurance representatives say a lot of work left. >> it discourages enrollment. >> reporter: officials say success will be when the health care website encourages enrollment. the site will be off line again todd tonight as top officials working on
about it and what happens next? >> he is still in support of kathleen sebelius in that interview. it's clearly going to take a lot of soul searching and figuring out how to get this thing to work. >> yeah. she's not going anywhere. big story across the country, they're calling it a fat-wah right? they announced a proposal that would eliminate transfats in all foods. they're used in processed food in restaurants to improve the texture textu texture, the self-life, the flavor of food. >> thank you. >> new york imposed a transfat ban back to 2007. i don't think i missed or noticed a difference. have you noticed a difference? >> people gave bloomberg a lot of flak but he's been ahead of the curve on certain things. >> the donuts still taste like the donuts in other parts of the country. >> and they can make it work. we had the satisfries from burger king. they were tasty. >> the fda will collect comments on the plan for the next two months and will announce a phase out timetable to get rid of trans fats. different foods have different time lines. that's what the companies will be forced
this week even kathleen sebelius condes the figures will be very low and with two more hearings scheded this week, the obama administration is scrambling to find aolution for the mlions of amecans whose insurance policies a being cancelled. no easy task. >> how about this new jersey. >> reporter: fresh off his re-election chris christieaid presidentobama's apologis not enough. >> the president dn't tell folks the tru abouthat was going to happen with the own private insuranceolicies and what urged him to door the last two weeks when i have been on the campaign trail is tl peoplehe truth. >> chrise diissed speculation about hi own ambitionsbout whether he's a moderate o conservative. >> i don'tet into these labels. that's what the washington d.c. game and what those m and women down there play. >> reporter: still the republican party is facing a war within. >> tha you so much. >> reporter: i iowa this weekend sarah palin told flow christian conservatives to stfen our spines for the014 elections and lhed outt publicans that agreed to end last month'sovernment >> they waved the white nag o
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